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Love Lessons: 3 Ways to Make God Real for Kids

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Ever wonder how to help kids see God as real and alive in their lives right now? Here are three keys you can use to unlock kids’ personal connection with God today.

“Research by the Barna Group reveals that only 44 percent of people who attend church every week say they regularly experience God at church,” according to Thom Schultz, Founder and CEO of Group. “They’re not looking for the deep theological trivia that seems to interest a lot of preachers. They crave something rather simple. They want to be reassured that God is real, that he is more than a historical figure, that he is present today, and that he is active in the lives of people around them.”

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Do the kids in your ministry experience God? How do you help kids discover that God is relevant to their lives? Here are three things you can do to help your kids discover a personal connection with God.

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1. Cut the “story” lingo. We’ve talked about it before. A quick way to destroy kids’ faith in the Bible is by referring to it as a story. Executive editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, Christine Yount Jones has a lot to say on this topic. “Even worse—I’ve heard many referring to the entire Bible as the ‘Big God Story.’ Some in this camp even refer to God as the ‘main character’ in the ‘Big God Story.’ Yikes! We will reap what we sow! If we are guilty of fictionalizing God’s Word, how will our children ever believe in its truth?”

2. Ask for God sightings. Here’s a simple exercise that has amazing results. Simply ask kids to share their God sightings: anytime they’ve seen God at work. At first, kids answers may sound a little silly…seeing God at work through their pets. But make this a tradition. It helps train kids to be active in looking for God. This is also a great activity to do with your team of volunteers!

3. Pray. Let your kids pray. And don’t just have them bow their heads as you pray. Do interactive prayers. It’s not as hard as it may sound. Play some worship music and let kids draw their prayers to God. Or take kids on a prayer walk around your church. At the very least, allow kids a chance to speak to God.

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If you want to know more about making God real to kids, check out the book Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore by Thom and Joani Schultz.

What are some ways you help kids discover God? Let us know in the comment section below!

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor. He is now serving in the church again! Our loss is kids' gain!

6 Comments

  1. Children's Ministry Magazine

    I agree the Bible story is a never ending story, because you can read it again and again and again, seeking God in the Bible is to open your hearts acre and God will let the seed grow that's been planted by one of God's children, if you really seek God He will make sure you will find Him, but let your heart and eyes be open, because it can so easily be allocated as luck….. every day you stand up in the morning you breath the air, you hear the birds you see all around you that is just there, cared for not by us, but by our loving, caring heavenly Father, seek first ye the kingdom of God and all will be given to you….. stand firm in believe God love all you are very special in His eyes because He made you the way you have to serve Him in your daily life sometimes as a instrument to others and sometimes you must learn yourselves, always ask God to show you what you must learn from every experience in your life. Keep faith seek God in His word if you go to church prepare yourselves before the time ask God before the time to give you a word and don't ever stop praying. God lives and so does His word. Gods blessing to all.

  2. Children's Ministry Magazine

    I agree the Bible story is a never ending story, because you can read it again and again and again, seeking God in the Bible is to open your hearts acre and God will let the seed grow that's been planted by one of God's children, if you really seek God He will make sure you will find Him, but let your heart and eyes be open, because it can so easily be allocated as luck….. every day you stand up in the morning you breath the air, you hear the birds you see all around you that is just there, cared for not by us, but by our loving, caring heavenly Father, seek first ye the kingdom of God and all will be given to you….. stand firm in believe God love all you are very special in His eyes because He made you the way you have to serve Him in your daily life sometimes as a instrument to others and sometimes you must learn yourselves, always ask God to show you what you must learn from every experience in your life. Keep faith seek God in His word if you go to church prepare yourselves before the time ask God before the time to give you a word and don't ever stop praying. God lives and so does His word. Gods blessing to all.

  3. We can teach and teach Bible Stories, but do we give the children opportunities to experience God. Times of worship, times of seeking Him. I know I have been guilty of that. “Cramming” into their heads, but not their heart.

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